It was my first time visiting the South and wanted to see what it is like to be a Southerner … food-wise.
Then I had a bunch of questions go through my head … What do they crave? What do they eat? Are there any special foods we can’t have on the West coast? What can you get as a treat?
It turns out Moon Pies and RC Cola go together in the American South. A snack and soft drink. The South’s version of having a coffee and doughnut at a shop. It’s like me going to a Starbucks and enjoying a chocolate croissant.
You’re probably wondering … What is in a Moon Pie? It consists of marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate.
When my American relatives introduced me to the snack, I totally thought of Wagon Wheels from my childhood. RC Cola, also known as Royal Crown Cola, is a cola-flavored soft drink that is popular in the South.
This is how Moon Pie’s started, according to Moon Pie’s website:
It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the moon.” Earl Mitchell reported back and the bakery obliged with a tasty treat aptly named MoonPie. It was filling, fit in the lunch pail and the coal miners loved it. The rest, as they say, is history.
We went to the Moon Pie General Store in Lynchburg, Tennessee after we toured the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. It is a cute, quaint little shop and they sell many things. You can purchase candy, snacks and branded souvenirs as well. Be sure to get a RC Cola and Moon Pie if you see a store – the Southern way.